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Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Moving Tale

We were moving my parents into assisted living, so the destruction done by the mere passage of time, was on my mind. I was still stunned and reeling from the changes in my parents, just in the couple of months since I'd seen them last. It was heartbreaking to see them like that, and terrifying to imagine going that way myself.

That can happen? Was it time to plan my preemptive suicide?

Meanwhile, our goal was to create a mini-version of my parent's house as quickly as possible so they'd sleep in a semi-familiar setting that first night, diminishing the confusion. Among the things being moved was a picture of me taken when I was in high school. It had hung in my parent's bedroom forever, so it would hang again.

The movers were four beefy blond boys in their twenties who chatted to each other about their gyms and work-out regimes while lugging boxes and dressers.

My brother was in the new living room. I was around the corner unpacking the bedroom when I heard one of the movers say, "Whoa!" and make  hubba-hubba noises.

Another one of them added his male appreciation grunts, and asked my brother, "Who's this?"

"It's her," my brother answered, indicating me.

A stunned silence fell. The silence of young brains confronting  the cruel ravages of time. The awkward, lengthening, silence of troubled minds asking: "That can happen?"

xo Amy


Janie Emaus said...

Yep. That's what happens with time.

Cheryl Ann Rose said...

LOL, sigh. I look forward to being restored to my youthful self when I get to the other side.

Cheryl Ann Rose said...

LOL, sigh.

Detroit King's Voice said...

Even so, it is a gorgeous photo of a gorgeous girl, and she is still in there.

Unknown said...

I remember that girl!
The time thing and our bodies...oh gosh..I hate that it happens...and when are before it happens, we that won't happen to me..I am going to be like this forever. Ha.